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What's New in the ATI Catalyst 10.9 Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 comments

New drivers to make your GPU feel fresh again.

Earlier this week we learned that Valve was helping to make driver updates easier by putting the latest ATI Catalysts on Steam. The first version to support this is Catalyst 10.9.

Besides being available on Steam, other changes to the 10.9 version include:

Performance improvements:

  • STALKER: Call of Pripyat Benchmark – depending on the model, screen resolution, anti-aliasing and whether you are using ATI CrossfireX™ technology, here’s an example of some performance improvements we’ve noted in our labs:
  • up to 20% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics
  • up to 12% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  • up to 4% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics
  • up to 5% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5850 graphics
  • up to 6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics

ATI Catalyst™ Application – Updated ATI CrossFireX™ Profiles

  • Aliens Vs. Predator – Profile update
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – Profile update
  • F1 2010 – Profile update
  • Kane & Lynch 2 – New profile

Resolved issue highlights:

  • UVD clocks will now return to normal speeds after switching from High Definition  to Standard Definition content
  • Flickering is no longer visible while running 3D games on HDMI displays with QuadCrossFireX™ enabled
  • Mesh corruption is no longer visible in “The Chronicles of Riddick 2: Assault onDark Athena” when SSAO in-game settings are set to “high”
  • ATI CrossFireX™ now functions properly, and in-game Anti-Aliasing can now be enabledin “StarCraft II”
  • Adobe® Flash Player will no longer display green screen after resume from sleep
  • Negative ATI CrossFireX™ scaling on “Final Fantasy-XIV” no longer occurs
  • Intermittent performance drops no longer observed with hardware cursor enabled in “World of Warcraft” game running in extended mode

Resolved issue highlights:

  • UVD clocks will now return to normal speeds after switching from High Definition  to Standard Definition content
  • Flickering is no longer visible while running 3D games on HDMI displays with QuadCrossFireX™ enabled
  • Mesh corruption is no longer visible in “The Chronicles of Riddick 2: Assault onDark Athena” when SSAO in-game settings are set to “high”
  • ATI CrossFireX™ now functions properly, and in-game Anti-Aliasing can now be enabledin “StarCraft II”
  • Adobe® Flash Player will no longer display green screen after resume from sleep
  • Negative ATI CrossFireX™ scaling on “Final Fantasy-XIV” no longer occurs
  • Intermittent performance drops no longer observed with hardware cursor enabled in “World of Warcraft” game running in extended mode

If you're not grabbing them off Steam, you can get them directly from AMD here.

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    mi1ez , 18 September 2010 16:35
    Had my drivers come straight through steam. What a painless experience. I can actually see my drivers staying up-to-date from now on!
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    namerslave , 20 September 2010 04:35
    go and spam some other forum
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    Avro Arrow , 21 September 2010 02:27
    I think it might be nice if the article indicated what benefits the HD 4xxx series cards would receive from this driver update. The Radeon HD 4870 is still nothing to sneeze at.